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Another Cuban Revolution

Many thanks to Christianity Today for its July cover story, "Cuba for Christ—Ahora!" Churches in the U.S. and around the world need to pray for and support the vibrant church that has developed in this oppressed country, and CT is the perfect magazine to share this story.

At the heart of Cuba's spiritual revival is the house church movement. Before restrictions were placed on Americans visiting house churches, staff from Global Connection International visited a few of them—they were exciting places of worship, to say the least. On one occasion, we attended a Methodist church in downtown Havana. Nearly 500 worshipers filled the church, while others stood outside, listening. One hour was devoted to singing. One hour to preaching. One hour to the invitation. Twenty minutes to announcements. And no one left early. The Cuban church, while restricted in many ways, is not underground; it is open and obvious to everyone.

Doug Ross
Executive Director, Global Literature Connection
Sun Lakes, Arizona

Creature Care

I was glad to see a major evangelical publication take a balanced, biblical view on animal compassion ["Not One Sparrow," July]. I recently preached a sermon about compassion toward animals as being not a mere sentimental choice but a biblical obligation. Many parishioners said they had never heard a sermon about animals. Even though animals came before us at creation and were included on Noah's ark and in God's covenant, the church seems to mention them only when planning fellowship dinners. And the animals on the menu come from factory farms where existence is hellish.

How often I hear people say that caring about animal suffering means one must not care about people. But people like William ...

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